• September 22nd, 2023

Emerging vehicle technologies have the potential to make driving not only more comfortable but also safer. Many motor vehicle crashes result from mistakes made by drivers. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), common in today’s new vehicles, have the ability to warn the driver or even intervene automatically in many situations to help the driver avoid […]

  • September 19th, 2023

As vehicle automation takes on more and more of the driving tasks, the driver’s role will transform from an operator to a system supervisor. With higher levels of automation, the automated vehicle is able to monitor the environment, allowing the driver to engage in non-driving related tasks. However, if the automated vehicle reaches its system […]

  • September 15th, 2023

This Research Brief provides highlights from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2022 American Driving Survey (ADS), which quantifies the daily driving of the U.S. population in 2022 and compares results to 2021 and 2020. Results show that 94.5% of U.S. residents ages 16 years and older drove at least occasionally in 2022. Drivers reported […]

  • August 21st, 2023

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to increase driving comfort by automating parts of the driving task under certain conditions, as well as increase safety by warning drivers of dangerous situations and momentarily braking or steering automatically to attempt to avoid crashing. These technologies have become common on new vehicles, and they are expected […]

  • July 27th, 2023

Driving automation systems have become more widely available and popular over the past several years. While vehicle automation offers drivers both safety and convenience, automation may also have negative consequences, such as increased driver engagement in non-driving related tasks. The issue of driver inattention while using these technologies underscores the importance of systems that issue […]

  • July 24th, 2023

This study examined the effects of posted speed limit changes on traffic safety by conducting before-and-after assessments using crash and speed data from multiple sites. Despite numerous studies reporting the negative impacts of increased speeds on traffic safety, many states have raised their posted speed limits. In response, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA […]

  • June 30th, 2023

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) support drivers with some driving tasks. However, drivers may lack appropriate knowledge about ADAS (referred to as their mental model), which can translate to drivers misusing or mistrusting the technologies, especially in situations beyond the capability of the system (i.e., edge cases). Past research suggests that mental models may be […]

  • May 26th, 2023

As emerging transportation technologies continue to evolve and society acknowledges the potential benefits, various automated technologies are becoming more prevalent and affordable in new vehicles. In conjunction with this trend, there have been increasing calls for some vehicle technologies to be equipped in all new vehicles to improve traffic safety. Efforts to help expedite this […]

  • April 16th, 2020

2019 Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users – Design and Safety Implications: A Summary Report Published April 2020 Forum Objectives Gather representatives/experts from the research community, government, and industry to discuss issues and identify research needs and critical considerations regarding the design and safety of vehicle technologies and automation Develop […]

  • November 11th, 2019

This research brief used data from the AAA Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) study to examine the role of driving comfort in the self-regulation of driving by older adults. Self-regulation is the process by which individuals modify or adjust their driving patterns by driving less, or intentionally avoiding situations considered challenging. The process of […]